End of Month View – June 2013


As I am away I took these photographs on the 23rd June so not quite the end of the month but near enough.  The front garden is filling out and I think it is doing well considering a lot of the plants have done in within the last 12 months.

I am toying with putting some Nepeta along the end of the lawn behind the Descampsia to add some colour though I am hesitating as I have Six Hills Giant (or whatever its called) and it is rather floppy and I don’t want it flattening the grasses.  There are lots of annuals and young perennials in this area anyway so I will see how things progress over the rest of the year before making a decision.


I am though very pleased with the border along the driveway which has been in place for some years now and is really coming into its own.  The bees adore the Echium and now the alliums are coming out I suspect they won’t know what to do with themselves.

As ever anyone is welcome to join in with the End of Month View meme and you can use it in any way you wish.  Some people like me focus on one area over the year others choose to give a tour of their garden – whatever suits you.  The beauty of the End of Month View is that we all get to have a nose at your garden rather than just seeing close-ups of flowers!  If you do join in please leave a link in the comments box below and it would be great if you could link to this post in yours.


22 Comments Add yours

  1. alison rayner says:

    It’s all looking splendid and the changes you made earlier on have worked so well. I do like the left hand border with all the tall, majestic plants. I have to admit I’d not come across Echium before (so have just googled it!) and am now considering them now for my garden.

  2. Hi Helen, hope you’re enjoying your trip. You’re right about Six Hills Giant – I have several in various beds but I’m going to remove most of them them this autumn. They look good but take up an awful lot of space and smother other nearby plants. I find when they do flop they leave a rather unsightly bald patch in the middle but that this does fill up again with new growth after a few weeks. D

  3. Caro says:

    Echoing David’s advice above, I noticed on Friday that the Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ in one of the Capel gardens has started to flop but is regrowing from the centre. (There it’s grown around a Stipa gigantea.) I would imagine that it’s fairly safe to chop the flop after a while. Your Echium works very well in the photo shown; I always mean to grow it and somehow never get round to it.
    Am about to post about fruit (big sigh of relief as looks as though we’ll get some this year) but will also do an end of month view. Lovely to see your garden in summer!

  4. Alison says:

    The front garden is looking good, good luck with nepeta, I’ve never successfully kept it alive, it’s like crack c*caine for cats! Maybe your cat is less likely than mine 🙂

    My EoMR is here: http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2013/06/end-of-month-review-june-2013.html?m=1

  5. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Your garden is looking lovely!! Brought some more pots – bulbs – from my daughters today. Also walked on Tindalls Beach with Meesha and picked up some seaweed. Beautiful end of week winter days compared to yuk at the beginning – that’s weather for you. A couple of jet-skis zooming around bay – I hate them – the noise is awful!

  6. Lea says:

    Hope you are having a wonderful trip. Thanks for hosting End-of-the-Month-View.
    Here is my garden view for June
    Lea’s Menagerie

  7. You know, the internet is so amazing, I’ve come to feel as if we are somehow in the same city! Anyhow, garden is looking good. As to Nepeta, you know there are some shorter varieties like ‘Kitkat’ – but not ‘Walker’s Low’, which is not low but 3′ tall. When Judy and I get home I’m thinking we will do a 4th of July view.

  8. Front garden is looking absolutely lovely Helen. Hope San Franscisco was fun! Here is my EOMV http://hurtledto60.com/2013/06/30/end-of-month-view-june-2013/

  9. Thanks for hosting the end of month view, Helen! Your garden is pretty. I am giving readers a virtual tour of all of my gardens for my End of Month View: http://cosmosandcleome.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/end-of-month-view-june-2013/

  10. Cathy says:

    Your driveway border is certainly looking good, Helen, and well done for continuing to post at a distance.Thanks for hosting the EOMV. Mine is at http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/end-of-month-view-make-less-haste-please-june/

  11. Annette says:

    I agree with Cathy: Your front garden is really looking good and it makes me happy that you feel the same way about it 🙂

  12. zora read says:

    Your front garden looks lovely, It looks very well cared for not a weed in sight, and I love the combination of blue, yellow and lilac its very harmonious. Hope you are enjoying San Fransisco.

  13. Angie says:

    Glad to hear you are pleased the way your front garden in progressing. It all looks great – the yellow and blue combo is smashing.
    I too grow Six Hills Giant and grow it through an upturned wire hanging basket – it does help a bit. I’ve recently bought a smaller one called Blue Danube – I’m hoping that it proves to be a bit more upright.
    I hope you are having a good trip and thanks for hosting.

    My end of month review – http://mygardenblogs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/june-2013-my-end-of-month-review.html

  14. Your front garden is looking so lovely, clearly designed by a very talented gardener!

  15. Pauline says:

    Your front garden is looking so good, love the allium and echium, they are stunning! Hope you are having a super time, will look forward to hearing all about it!
    My end of month review – http://www.leadupthegardenpath.com/news/end-of-month-review-june/

  16. Christina says:

    Looking forward to reading about your trip. The front garden has really come together with the defined lawn shape.

  17. That front bed looks wonderful. I hope you enjoyed your trip. I love San Fran and was disappointed I could not attend the Fling. Looking forward to hearing about it!

    Here’s my link:


  18. Those alliums are gorgeous. The color really stands out. I need to try some in the garden. I really like how they stand so tall. Hope you enjoyed your trip. Thanks for hosting. http://www.thesagebutterfly.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-garden-notebook-july-2013.html

  19. Just found your End of Month meme…not sure how regular I will be, but decided to include my 2-wk-late GBBD post here. I never seem to do anything on time these days! I have to use my FB profile to leave a comment here, because for some reason I’ve been unable to leave comments on WP blogs for well over a yr…maybe 2. I can’t solve that problem after a lot of trying, but I can leave a comment if I link to my FB profile. You can get to my blog post with the link below. Although it’s titled ‘Mid June Blooms’ it was written on June 30th 🙂 http://thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/2013/06/mid-june-blooms.html

  20. Rob says:

    It’s so nice to have everything filling out. Your pictures look great. I’ve just looked at some pictures from March and I can’t believe how much has grown!

    Thanks for hosting this again. Here’s my end of month photographic spam-fest – http://wannabeplantsman.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/garden-log-june-2013.html

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